Reflecting on Passion – Posthumously

In the New York Times last weekend, Nicholas Kristof – looking ahead to graduation season – wrote about a book written by Mary Keegan, an emerging writer who died tragically two years ago that prods the reader to think about their life direction: Keegan recalled being paid $100 to attend a recruiting session at Yale by [Read More...]

Running as Therapy

I started running about a year and a half ago, more or less seriously (with some weather-induced breaks), and a little over a week ago I ran the New York City Half Marathon, my fifth race at that distance. It was very cold, and the course was challenging, and my time wasn’t quite as good [Read More...]

Giving Witness (with the Messiah)

I (like many of you, I’m sure) love Handel’s Messiah, ever since I spent years as a teenager participating in a choir that performed the oratorio every Christmas and Easter. But I thought this piece on the recent performance at Trinity Wall Street (which, incidentally, is two blocks from my office) was interesting: But before the [Read More...]

Back to School – With a Computer in Your Brain

File this under the “terrifying” heading: the New York Times reports that scientists are “edging closer to manipulating memory and downloading instructions from a computer right into a brain.” This has implications that seem straight out of both The Matrix and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: erasing memories, downloading languages, and the like. Just one little [Read More...]


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